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IK2204 Advanced Internetworking 9.0 credits

Level: Advanced

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IK2204 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course focuses on network and link layer communication protocols, and the emphasis is on the generic mechanisms at these two layers. To get a deeper understanding of these mechanisms we evaluate and compare the design of different protocols, i.e., not only Ethernet and TCP/IP. To further illustrate these principles and get hands-on experience the course contains a set of lab assignments and a project.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will get a deep understanding of layer 2 and layer 3 protocols and hands-on experience in setting up and operating TCP/IP networks.

This means that, after the course, students will be able to:

* describe the functionality of devices and explain design principles of protocols at the link and network layers (such as brigdes/switches, spanning tree, routers, link-state routing protocols, multicast, address structures).

* critically evaluate existing as well as new communication protocols designs in general and link and network layer protocols in particular, using technical considerations such as scalability, robustness, and manageability as a basis of comparison.

* based on general principles and studies of different protocol standards (such as IP, Appletalk, IPX, CLNP, OSPF) compare and describe advantages and disadvantages of different protocol designs.

* design, configure, and operate a TCP/IP network, and to provide TCP/IP services to end-users, using primarily PC hardware and Unix. Students will be able to set up and describe how the following services work:

- dynamic address assigment (DHCP)

- interior routing protocols

- domain name system (DNS)

- TCP/IP application servers, such as mail and web

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Required: Knowledge in computer communications.
For instance a course in Internetworking ( e.g., 2G1305 or 2G1507).
Recommended: Experience of working in Unix environments.

Recommended prerequisites

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Interconnections, Second Edition, Radia Perlman

Upplaga: 2nd edition Förlag: Addison Wesley År: 2000

ISBN: 0201634481

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • UPP1 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

The course is divided into three parts, and to receive a final grade "pass" all three parts must be approved:
* Written exam (A-F)
* Laborations (Pass/Fail)
* Project assignment (Pass/Fail)
The final degree is based on the result of the written exam.
To receive grade "pass", the student should be able to describe and explain design principles for communication protocols dealt with during the course, as well as be able to apply these protocols in real TCP/IP networks.
To receive a higher grade, the student should also be able to critically evaluate and assess different communication procols as well as be able to compare and explain advantages and disadvantages with various protocol designs.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ICT/Communications Systems

Main field of study

Information Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Hidell, Markus